According to recent estimates, roughly 100 thousand young women and girls play the game of lacrosse in the United States, and that number grows each year.
Although the way the sport is played is similar between men and women, there are some crucial differences in the gear required to play the game — most crucially, the stick, perhaps the most important piece of LAX equipment of all. And most importantly, those differences are regulated by the USA Lacrosse, the game’s governing body in North America.
Shorter, lighter, and strung differently than men’s lacrosse sticks, we broke down the six best women’s lacrosse sticks for different positions, as well as the best lacrosse stick for women playing the high school game.
Our Top Picks
Take a quick look at the best women’s lacrosse sticks we reviewed.
|Overall Best: Maverik Axiom Vertex.
With a molded sweet spot and scoop shape optimized for passing and shooting, the best women’s lacrosse sticks are made by Maverik.
|Midfielders Pick: Maverik Ascent.
The Maverik Ascent has the release angle midfielders need for better ball control while passing, cradling and shooting.
|Attacker Pick: Gait Whip.
Attackers love the feel and power of the Gait Whip complete stick with flex mesh.
|Defenders Pick: STX Lacrosse Fortress 700.
With a wide scoop for catching and a narrow pinch for ball retention, the STX Fortress 700 is the lacrosse defensive stick for women.
|Goalies Pick: STX Lacrosse Eclipse 2.
Goalies like the new scoop design from the Eclipse 2 for better ground ball performance.
A Closer Look: Best Women’s Lacrosse Sticks
Keep reading for a closer look at the best women’s lacrosse sticks to buy.
1. Maverik Axiom Vertex
The overall best women’s lacrosse sticks.
Brand: Maverik | Material: Composite | Pocket: Vertex Mesh | Features: High Hold | Price: 💰💰💰💰
The best women’s lacrosse sticks needed to do a little bit of everything: To be lightweight and versatile enough for a midfielder, with the high hold and the quick release attackers need to be successful. We found just that very stick in the Maverik Axiom, with a pinched face shape putting the ball just where you want it for more accurate passing, and a pocket made from vertex for better consistency.
Otherwise, the hold on the pocket is crazy good, based on feedback, with amazing accuracy. It’s also very lightweight, we learned. Fielding ground balls with Axiom does take some practice, however, but with a little adjustment, it shouldn’t be a problem, according to reports. Female players also like the grip on the carbon composite matrix shaft.
- Light and strong
- This stick is amazing
- Better energy transfer when shooting
- Head shape take a little getting used to
2. Maverik Ascent
The best women’s lacrosse sticks for midfielders.
Brand: Maverik | Material: Carbon Composite | Pocket: Leather & Mesh | Features: Sidewall Geometry Design | Price: 💰💰💰💰
For the unique needs of a female athlete playing the middie position in the game of lacrosse, we like the Maverik Ascent. Most notably, this complete lacrosse stick has a unique release angle creating maximum offset for better ball control. The mesh and leather runner system also boosts shot velocity, with sidewall geometry for improved placement on the draw.
Once the stick breaks in, young female players report better power and easier catching. Passing and shot accuracy are also improved with the Maverick Ascent. It’s overall incredibly light, and it helps catch balls at any angle. It has a sturdy head for the center draw, in particular, and we learned it comes ready to play with the pocket already built in.
- Nice color choices
- Coaches recommend it
- Shoots a lot harder than traditional stringing
- Some break-in time required
- High-end price point, but worth it
3. Gait Whip
The best women’s lacrosse sticks for attack players.
Brand: Gait | Material: Composite | Pocket: Flex Mesh | Features: Large Front Pocket | Price: 💰💰💰💰💰
Earning top spot in the best women’s lacrosse stick for attack category is the Gait Whip complete stick with flex mesh. The Gait Whip has a larger front pocket, which attackers like, and a curved offset. This drops the ball faster into the front of the pocket, and attackers like the improved feel and better power.
On top of all that, there’s double sidewall technology putting the ball in the sweet spot with more consistency. This is otherwise a top product, according to reports, giving attackers the confidence they need when cradling the ball. Nice and light, the stick also offers improved shooting performance, based on feedback.
- 3 colors to choose from
- Soft touch composite shaft
- Good stick if you like a lot of “whip”
- Shaft pretty “standard”
- Ball does wobble a bit while cradling
- Head a little heavy, but pretty standard
4. STX Lacrosse Fortress 700
The best defensive lacrosse sticks for women.
Brand: STX | Material: Composite | Pocket: Crux Mesh | Features: Deeper Pocket | Price: 💰💰💰💰
With a deeper pocket, the STX Lacrosse Fortress 700 is our pick for the best defensive lacrosse stick for women. As well as a narrow pinch for ball retention, the complete stick — available in two color choices — has a wider scoop for catching,and strategically placed strike plates for better power on stick checks.
What’s also notable is the targeted grip technology around the bottom of the handle for more stable defensive positioning. On top of all that, the speed scoop across the top makes for smoother transitioning on ground balls, with extra-protection on the mesh to minimize re-stringing, according to reports.
- Great grip for defense
- Top won’t wear out, common in some other women’s sticks
- Just defense
- “It ain’t cheap”
- Just black and white to choose from
5. STX Lacrosse Eclipse 2
The best women’s lacrosse stick for goalies.
Brand: STX | Material: Platinum | Pocket: Semi-Hard Mesh | Features: Additional Sidewall Holes | Price: 💰💰💰💰💰
Women playing the goalie position in the game of lacrosse need a stick with specific characteristics, including a wider variety of pocket styles. We found that stick in the Eclipse 2 from STX.
Factory strung with their 12D Memory mesh by STX for elite level goalies, the Eclipse 2 also has an ergonomic throat design for a more secure grip, and don’t miss the additional sidewall holes, allowing for a broader range of pocket styles, perfect for goalies.
Overall, the Eclipse 2 is similar to earlier versions of the stick, but even stiffer for hard shots. And it’s generally agreed to be the best complete goalie stick for the price: light, easy to control, and easy to grip, with a good net for first-timers.
- Best stick they ever bought
- All the great features of the original
- Best for those committed to the game
- Claims of ordering issues
- Some factory stringing issues
- Shooting string problem reported
6. STX Crux 400
The best women’s lacrosse sticks for high school players.
Brand: STX | Material: Alloy | Pocket: Mesh | Features: Deepest Legal Pocket | Price: 💰💰💰
To help high school girls take their game to the next level, we like the Crux 400 women’s complete lacrosse stick from STX. With a tight pinch transitioning into a wide catching area, the stick offers a pointed scoop helping shot and passing accuracy for girls at this level. The sidewall height creates the most ample legal pocket for maximum ball retention.
In addition to a few nice color choices, what’s also notable about the Crux 400 is the alloy handle, meeting USL specifications. Fans of the Crux 400 playing at the high school level say it plays like the 500/600 series from STX while being sized for a teenage girl. A great upgrade from a beginner stick without breaking the bank, others add: It’s great for throwing and catching and fielding grounders, we learned.
- Really grips the ball
- Excellent for ground balls
- Good upgrade from a beginner stick
- Little heavy
- Will eventually want an upgrade
- Shooting downward a bit difficult
For this guide on women’s lacrosse sticks, our team researched the 30 most popular models from brands and manufacturers big and small. We then read about 3-5 user reviews per product (both positive and negative) to discover what shoppers thought. After comparing this data, we narrowed our list down to the top 6 best women’s lacrosse sticks on the market. You can count on this research to guide you to a mindful purchasing decision.
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